Dec 23, 2012 11:00pm PST
unit came home from iraq. and ktvu's rita williams was there when they arrived at moffet field in mountain view. >> reporter: the plane that landed at moffet field could not contain them any longer. >> welcome. >> welcome home. >> reporter: enthusiastic soldiers came spilling out some making it clear what joys of home they had missed. >> thanks baby, i'm back. >> reporter: but what these members of the california national guard returning after 10 months in iraq wanted most was waiting at the national guard armory in san mateo. >> she was sitting up when i left and now she's walking and running around and talking. >> reporter: these 60 soldiers are part of the 297 medical company. >> it's stressful out there. people dealing with rockets, bombs, issues at home. >> i'm a medic so i have to work in the hospital. i drove the ambulance around and got to help people. >> reporter: after a brief taste of what's to come they had one more separation from their families. >> the only thing between -- i'm the only thing between you and your family so we're going to give you the shortest brie
Dec 2, 2012 11:00pm PST
guide the niners to three super bowl wins. when walsh died in 2007, ktvu joe fonzi brought us this look back at his career. >> reporter: his greatest football accomplishments came as the coach of the 49ers, but bill walsh's bay area roots run much deeper. born in fremont and a graduate of san jose state, his first coaching job was at fremont's washington high. he advanced to the staffs of both cal and stanford before landing in the nfl in 1996 with al davis and the raiders. the expansion cincinnati bengals were next on the list where he served under the legendary paul brown and an old school football man who passed on walsh when it was time to name a successor, leaving the bengals for a year in san diego before getting his first chance as a head coach. >> and there were those in the league that did not think i was head coach material to let everybody know it, including paul brown, who i had worked for. so it was difficult all the way through. then my big break, of course, they came at stanford university. >> paul brown's loss was stanford's game. under walsh, they won successive bowl ga
Dec 30, 2012 11:00pm PST
was not a sport it was a means for waging war. in 2001, ktvu's bob mackenzie brought us the story of the legendary tenth mountain division. >> reporter: in their time they were legendary soldiers. the men of the tenth mountain division could ski, climb mountains, use stealth and hit hard and fast. >> i think it was the best fighting force, it was the only fighting force that i experienced and i can't imagine any fighting force being any better. >> reporter: 60 years later some of the tenth mountaineers get together. sometimes they tell war stories sometimes as a way as exorcises the ghost. >> when we passed him, his brains were just laying out on the ground it was a horrible sight. >> reporter: in 1939 at the outbreak of world war ii, adolph hitler began conquering the nations one by one. when president roosevelt enforced the idea of the fighting force the newly formed tenth mountain division began to train. most were college men already skiers or mountain climbers, athletes by inclination and many had the naive idea that the training was going to be fun. >> you had to learn to cope with the altit
Dec 16, 2012 11:00pm PST
at the refinery but chevron expects it to be back into capacity three months into the new year. in 1991 ktvu's george watson looked at how demand grew in the early part of the 20th century. >> in 1917 when america entered world war i it was supplying half of the oil required to fight the war. the use of oil revolutionized the way war is waged. oil fueled the planes, tanks, trucks and ships that fight wars. the end of the war actually increased the world's need for oil. by of the war, america was consuming oil faster than america could produce. the competition was stiff especially from the british and dutch oil interest. in 1919 american companies were spending $400 million in marketing and oil refining by 1925 they were spending a billion dollars on exploration alone. at home oil began to literally gush. production doubled from 1918 to 1923. by 1929 it had tripled and passed the billion barrel mark for the first time. but the greatest oil discovery was yet to be made. standard oil company of california discovered oil on the tiny island of bahrain. success there convinced saudi arabian king.